With all three gaming consoles near the end of their cycles, 2012 proved to be a moderately good year for video gaming. Blockbuster hits like Halo 4 and Mass Effect 3 were released to industry acclaim. But, while some games flourished, others failed to live up to expectations. The following five games were biggest disappointments of 2012.
5. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning – Actually, the game itself proved to be surprisingly good. It sported a critically acclaimed combat system and a riveting plot. It did receive complaints for length and focusing on side quests, but comparatively, it got solid reviews for a first outing. In fact, the reviews were good enough that people were looking forward to a sequel that built on the story while fixing flaws. This is where the game disappointed. Due to the financial mess that was 38 Studios, no sequel will ever be published. 38 Studios is out of business and the IP never got sold. In the end, a game that seemed to be destined for a series proved to be nothing more than a one shot.
4. Silent Hill Downpour – Silent Hill games have been generally going downhill since Silent Hill 3, but fans were hoping for a revival. Silent Hill Downpour was a rather tepid entry in the series that suggests that this once great horror series is likely to disappear in the next few years.
3. Syndicate – The original Syndicate was a tactical masterpiece. The 2012 version was a first person shooter that didn’t appeal to anyone. Fans of the original hated the change in genre and fans of first person shooters saw many better options released in 2012. The game simply didn’t have an audience and failed to appeal to the audience it should have had.
2. Resident Evil 5 – After the massive success of Resident Evil 4 and a huge advertising campaign, fans of this series assumed Resident Evil 5 would be the best game ever in series. The game was supposed to redefine the series and bring together fans of all previous titles. It did bring them together, but mostly in disappointment. It wasn’t a terrible game. It simply wasn’t what Resident Evil fans have come to expect.
1. Diablo III – After an interminable wait, Diablo fans expected a masterpiece on par with the previous installment. What they received was a game that seemed more designed to line Blizzard’s pockets with money than to actually entertain the masses. The real world auction house and constant internet connection requirement chafed as did an early round of balance updates. In the end, Diablo III simply wasn’t as fun a game as Diablo II and had almost no meaningful replay value.